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Digging Deeper Into the Personal Life of Joe the Plumber

October 30, 2008

The Columbus Dispatch yesterday reported that the records search authorized by Helen Jones-Kelley, director of the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services, into Joe Wurzelbacher (Joe the Plumber) is much more extensive than first admitted.  They report:

Helen Jones-Kelley, director of the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services, disclosed today that computer inquiries on Samuel Joseph Wurzelbacher were not restricted to a child-support system.

The agency also checked Wurzelbacher in its computer systems to determine whether he was receiving welfare assistance or owed unemployment compensation taxes, she wrote.

Jones-Kelley made the revelations in a letter to Ohio Senate President Bill M. Harris, R-Ashland, who demanded answers on why state officials checked out Wurzelbacher.

So the admission only came after the Ohio Senate President demanded answers.  I wonder how many other searches were conducted.  The article continues:

The checks were run after the news media reported that Wurzelbacher was considering buying a plumbing business with more than $250,000 in annual income, Jones-Kelley wrote.

“Given our understanding that Mr. Wurzelbacher had publicly indicated that he had the means to purchase a substantial business enterprise, ODJFS, consistent with past departmental practice, checked confidential databases ,” she wrote.

“Not surprisingly, when a person behind in child support payments or receiving public assistance is receiving significant media attention which suggests that the person appears to have available financial resources, the Department risks justifiable criticism if it fails to take note and respond,” Jones-Kelley wrote.

According to Jones-Kelly, if someone publicly expresses a desire to make a major purchase or investment, or even a hypothetical scenario, the state then has grounds to investigate that person.

The results of the searches were not publicly released and remain confidential, she wrote. Wurzelbacher has said he is not involved in a child-support case and has not purchased any business.

Oh, well that makes it all right; the results are confidential – for now.  If what Joe says is true, there wasn’t even a reason to have him investigated.  Could there be an Obama connection?  Maybe not directly, but Jones-Kelly is an Obama supporter and donated the maximum $2,500 to his campaign.  How convenient.

Folks, this is really scary stuff.  You get caught on camera asking a candidate an question about a POSSIBLE future situation, the candidate gives an answer that reveals more about his character and policy direction than he wanted, and you suddenly find yourself the subject of state investigations.

Didn’t they say Bush was the one who was going to suppress dissent?  Please, think about this on November 4th and vote accordingly.

Hat tip: Drudge Report

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